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Reviews 489 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: Grinnell has no fraternities or sororities, which is generally viewed as a positive thing by the student body.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Great great financial aid opportunities. Grinnell absolutely prioritizes socioeconomic diversity. Grinnell gives merit aid which is also super nice

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The quality of the dorms totally depends on where on campus you live. South campus always smells like cigs and weed. North campus dorms are nice depending on the hall. East campus has the nicest, most modern rooms and is quieter. East also has elevators and air conditioning.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great restaurants in town with good food and great service. Not a ton of options but enought

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about off-campus housing as a first-year.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life on the Grinnell campus which is awesome

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Grinnell security folks are great. The administration could be much harder on perpetrators of sexual assault

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't declared a major yet

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Grinnell profs are great. My classes are engaging and the work load is not too heavy

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is very relaxed regarding drugs and alcohol

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There is some conflict between athletes and nonathletes. No one really pays attention to sports

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid is need-blind and very supportive of students.

3 College Junior

Administration: The administration is flawed but is working on addressing weaknesses.

4 College Junior

Athletics: There is a huge divide between athletes and non-athletes on campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: The economics major at Grinnell covers the basics. They ensure exposure to critical ideas.

3 College Junior

Academics: Grinnell has no requirements other than the tutorial. Curriculum is individualized. A wide variety of course work is encouraged.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Due to the size of the town, there are few option for eating off campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is difficult to maneuver, the school should do more to make this option feasible.

College Junior

Greek Life: Grinnell does not have fraternities or sororities.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Most security issues are due to non-students. Overall students are very comfortable on campus, no threat of theft.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports teams are good but there is not much of a sports culture on campus

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Quite remote, although the town is quaint and nice

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is quite good, though a few rooms are too small and few dorms are less nice than others

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no greek life

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are around 40 restaurants off campus but the pickings still seem slim. The food is good but nothing is open very late.


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A vast majority of students loves Grinnell. They love the challenge they get from their academics and their peers, and they love the amount of freedom that the administration gives them (mostly through self-governance). Some students would say that they learn more from discussions amongst peers than classes. Grinnell students are free to learn and grow into responsible, conscientious adults, and the students are thankful that the school they’ve chosen gives them the opportunity to thrive. Some students can’t even imagine what it would be like if they’d ended up somewhere else.

Yeah, Grinnell students complain sometimes about the things that aren’t available to them that would be at their disposal at a larger, city school. They gripe about excess construction, bogus administration policies, and the things that fellow Grinnellians do that just plain bug everyone. Overall, though, most of the students are happy with the decisions they’ve made and the direction they’re going in their lives. A lot of students have the Grinnell faculty, students, and townspeople to thank for that. Although living in rural Iowa does take some getting used to (especially if you’re from out of state), most students don’t mind making Grinnell their home for four years. Despite the schizophrenic weather, lackluster athletic program, and the immature townies, many students have taken comfort in the fact that it’s “just us” amongst the cornstalks. When a Grinnell graduate thinks back upon his or her Grinnell experience and all the fond memories that come along with it, everything else seems like small potatoes.

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